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Master of Laws (LL.M.) (60 credits) in International Commercial Arbitration

For more than a decade Stockholm University has offered a unique programme in International Commercial Arbitration Law that has achieved top rankings in global studies of LLM programs.

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Stockholm, both the city and the university, is internationally recognised as a leader in the field of arbitration. The rich environment provides opportunities for students experienced practitioners, respected arbitrators, and visiting scholars during their time in the International Commercial Arbitration Masters.

Alumnae from the programme work all over the world in a broad range of legal fields, serving as counsel in leading law firms and arbitral institutions, as government advisors, as researchers and Ph.D. candidates, as lecturers and professors, as secretaries to arbitral tribunals and as in-house counsel.

Hands-on, dynamic learning

In the ICAL programme, students actively put theory into practice. The dynamic learning environment encourages students to apply the theories they’ve learnt through hands-on problem solving, surrounded by students from a broad range of backgrounds and using a a wide array of scholarly and comparative perspectives.
The learning continues outside of the classroom, through visits to conferences and arbitration institutes and also through extra activities like the highly successful moot team.

Applying knowledge through mock arbitrations and final theses

Throughout ICAL, students hone their skills in presentation, research, and writing, leading to two major projects – a complete mock arbitration and a master’s thesis. The mock arbitration follows the process from beginning to end – filing the request and other submissions, collecting evidence, interviewing witnesses, holding hearings and issuing a final award. The thesis hones scholarly skills, which some students have used to launch academic careers.


  • Programme overview


    International Commercial Arbitration is a one-year programme that consists of three courses. The first course builds on the general legal knowledge students gained in their law degree. It does this by developing the students’ knowledge of methodology and progressively deepening the students’ knowledge of international commercial arbitration law.

    The other two courses run concurrently during the spring term. During the advanced course students deepen their understanding of theory and methodology in international arbitration law, as well further develop the ability to conduct and to critically evaluate research in this field of law. Additionally, students study into complex theoretical issues and problems with a focus on legal developments and the controversial topics in international arbitration.

    During the master thesis course, the students prepare, plan and implement the written thesis. Additionally, the students will actively participate in an on-going thesis seminar series, which supplements their independent thesis work. The seminar series addresses significant aspects of preparing and completing a major thesis.


    Year 1


    The Master programme consists of the following courses:

    The courses content, scope, teaching and examination methods are described in the respective courses’ syllabus.


  • How to apply

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    International LL.M. Studies